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1:15 AM ET, October 22, 2007

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Ivar Ekman / New York Times:
Google's Purchase of Jaiku Raises New Privacy Issues  —  Google's acquisition of Jaiku, a small Finnish start-up active in the obscure field of microblogging — a word most often associated with the better-known company Twitter — might not appear to be an earth-shaking event.
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Online Video: NBC pulls YouTube channel  —  NBC pulls YouTube channel  —  NBC Universal has quietly pulled theofficial channel on YouTube the two companies established last June.  Of course, that was a long time ago, in Internet years, and the relationship had run its course.
Louise Story / New York Times:
How Many Site Hits?  Depends Who's Counting  —  How many people visited Style.com, the online home of Vogue and W magazines, last month?  Was it 421,000, or, more optimistically, 497,000?  Or was the real number more than three times higher, perhaps 1.8 million?
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
How To Bypass Comcast's BitTorrent Throttling  —  Comcast is using an application from the broadband management company Sandvine to throttle BitTorrent traffic.  It breaks every (seed) connection with new peers after a few seconds if it's not a Comcast user inside your community boundary.
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Comcast traffic blocking: even more apps, groupware clients affected  —  Last week, we reported on mounting evidence that Comcast is targeting and disrupting BitTorrent traffic on its network.  Further digging by interested parties has turned up more indication that BitTorrent …
Sam Zuckerman / San Francisco Chronicle:
Yes, some blogs are profitable - very profitable  —  In 2005, when Silicon Valley entrepreneur Michael Arrington started TechCrunch, his popular blog on Internet startups, he saw it mainly as a chance to indulge his obsession with young technology companies.  —  But it turned out that Arrington had latched onto something big.
MSFTextrememakeover:
What if Microsoft wasn't a screwup?  —  I had coffee with a friend last week who is ex-MSFT.  He follows my blog and asked why I hadn't posted recently.  I told him that I'd actually penned three different posts but decided not to publish any of them.  —  The first touched on Vista's challenges …
Julian Lee Marketing / Sydney Morning Herald:
MySpace slips to middle-of-road as Facebook surges ahead  —  MYSPACE, the website that redefined the meaning of friends in cyberspace, is showing signs of fatigue, with latest figures indicating that Australians - or at least hip ones - are deserting it for rival Facebook.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
AT&T Signs Napster Mobile Deal  —  AT&T have announced that their wireless customers will soon be able to download songs from Napster Mobile.  —  Starting mid-November, the service will allow AT&T customers to browse 5 million songs, preview samples of each song and purchase and download music from their mobile phones.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Times of London:
Google.  Who's looking at you?  —  It wants to know everything about you.  It wants to be your best friend — or your Big Brother.  Are your secrets safe with Google?  —  John Arlidge  —  In the blissed-out California sunshine, the glistening glass-and-steel curves of the Googleplex seem …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Reverse Engineering TechMeme  —  OK, OK, since everyone has figured out that you can get on TechMeme by talking ABOUT TechMeme (even better if you attack A-list bloggers) I figured I'd just take my late night and reverse engineer TechMeme.  —  Two videos.  Long, boring, videos that no one will watch.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Powerset Testing Search Results At Mechanical Turk  —  A reader noticed that stealth search engine Powerset is using Amazon's Mechanical Turk service to gauge user reactions to search results.  —  See the screen shot (click for larger view) - users are shown a query and a number of results …
Discussion: Insider Chatter and UMBC ebiquity
Damien Mulley:
Facebook stats for Ireland - 131,660 Ireland based people on it now?  —  Using the live details from the advanced flyer option in Facebook, you can see some stats and facts on people on Facebook.  —  Update: This makes Techmeme already?  —  From location Ireland we get the below stats.
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Inside the Mind of a 9 Year Old File-Sharer  —  Like most publications, here at TorrentFreak we regularly interview adults.  However, when a recent conversation with a child turned to file-sharing, we took the opportunity to give the P2P kids a voice.  We had a little chat with a 9 year old girl …
Discussion: Digg
Susan Crawford blog:
Comcast Is Pretending to be You  —  This AP story makes clear that Comcast is pretending to be part of online conversations in order to frustrate users who want to use particular online applications.  This happens all the time in the name of "traffic shaping" — it's the kind of thing that China does to interfere with internet use.
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For Wal-Mart, too, IT is a commodity  —  "I never viewed computers …
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